Debra Vanderlinde, known for her “pure” and “radiant” singing, has appeared in concert and opera throughout the United States and made her European debut in 1988 with the Iceland Symphony. After her debut in opera as Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Chautauqua, she went on to sing with the New York City Opera, Wolf Trap, Chattanooga Opera, and many regional companies. Ms. Vanderlinde sang Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore in concert at the Kennedy Center and also appeared there in Mahler and Beethoven songs with orchestra, accompanying the Feld Ballet.
An appearance on the New Horizons Series at the 92nd St. Y with pianist Brian Zeger marked her New York recital debut, and she has also appeared in recital at Yale’s Early Instrument Collection, in a concert of Loewe and Mendelssohn songs, accompanied by Will Crutchfield. She sang the title role in Rudolf Friml’s Rose-Marie with baritone Ron Raines in a revival and recording at the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Vanderlinde won critical praise for her portrayal of Oriana in Handel’s Amadigi with the Connecticut Early Music Festival, a role she reprised in the spring of 1999 at Caramoor’s Music Room. Other symphonic appearances include the Rochester Philharmonic, Baltimore and New Haven Symphonies, as well as the Caramoor Festival Orchestra. Ms. Vanderlinde was a featured soloist at Windham Chamber Music Festival’s Gala Opening Concert.
Ms. Vanderlinde received a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from Denison University, and has studied at L’école Hindemith, Vevey, Switzerland, and Manhattan School of Music. She has served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions in Boston and New York, and also for the International Singers Competition. Ms. Vanderlinde has served on the voice faculty of SUNY Purchase and Drew University and currently teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and maintains a private voice studio in Manhattan. She was awarded the New York Singing Teachers’ Association Distinguished Voice Professional Award in 2002 for their Professional Development Program comprising courses in Anatomy/Physiology, Acoustics, Vocal Health, Repertoire and Pedagogy.
Ms. Vanderlinde has recently appeared in solo art song recitals with pianist Dan Franklin Smith and in duo recitals of French, English and German art songs and duets with soprano Marguerite Krull and pianists Craig Ketter and Milos Repicky. She has also developed An Evening In -- intimate concerts focusing on a repertoire of Mélodie, Lieder and English and American song as well as opera and operetta arias, for performance in concert halls or home salon settings. Ms. Vanderlinde also performs recital/master classes which concentrate on settings of poetry and texts by Goethe, Hugo, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Anouilh, etc., for advanced French and German high school and college literature classes.